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Table 2 Knowledge level of respondents regarding COVID-19 (N = 981)

From: Factors influencing COVID-19 knowledge-gap: a cross-sectional study in China

Items Accuracy
Recognition of COVID-19
 1.COVID-19 is an acute respiratory infection characterized by fever, dry cough, and fatigue. 857 (87.4)
 2.The genetic characteristics of COVID-19 are not significantly different from those of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). 621 (63.3)
 3.COVID-19 was not sensitive to heat. 676 (68.9)
 4.All infected cases present with symptoms of fever. 621 (63.3)
 5.People generally susceptible to COVID −19. 737 (75.1)
 6.Specific drugs are available to treat severe cases of COVID-19. 793 (80.8)
Transmission Mode
 7.COVID −19 can be spread through close contact with an infected person. 871 (88.8)
 8.COVID −19 can be spread by droplets produced when you cough, sneeze or talk to an infected person. 895 (91.2)
 9.Asymptomatic infected persons may become the source of the COVID − 19 infection. 786 (80.1)
Preventive measures and treatment
 10.Cover your nose and mouth completely with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or bend your elbow to prevent COVID − 19 transmission. 647 (66.0)
 11.Saltwater gargling is effective in preventing COVID − 19 transmission. 697 (71.0)
 12.Drinking strong alcohol can effectively prevent COVID − 19 transmission. 832 (84.8)
 13.Wearing a mask can prevent COVID −19 transmission. 870 (88.7)
 14.Influenza vaccination is an effective means of preventing COVID −19 transmission. 637 (64.9)
 15.Avoiding crowded places can help prevent transmission of COVID − 19. 887 (90.4)
 16.Traditional Chinese medicine can be used to treat COVID −19 cases. 616 (62.8)
Mortality rate
 17.So far, public data show that the mortality rate of the COVID −19 pneumonia is higher than MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). 409 (41.7)
 18.So far, public data show that the mortality rate of the COVID −19 pneumonia is lower than that of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). 539 (54.9)
Average accuracy 73.6